Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chomsky relied too much on generalisations and literal thought. He felt that contradictions in terms were of necessity outside our ability to conceive and to believe. This proves rather difficult to accept when we think of the use of oxymorons such as Jumbo Shrimp.
The human mind can associate meanings with
feelings and emotions and so explain meanings that are harder to express otherwise.
Anyone who has children will have looked on them the night before christmas and seen them sleeping furiously in an attempt to bring Santa sooner. It may be a contradiction in terms but it is meaningful as you stare down at them.
Chomsky took literal meanings and created a gramatically correct sentence and said that it did not and even could not possess meaning. That sentence was "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously" which he said was beyond anything we could take into our head. As a challenge it was irrisistable so I had a frivolous go at understanding Chomsky. Have a look and see what you think?

Rufus Evison

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